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  • Aug 20- Departures and primary losses for 28 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have created opportunities for a new wave of conservative and Tea Party- backed candidates. The Republican nominee to replace him is Gary Palmer, a fund raiser for a conservative think tank in Alabama who is backed by the anti-tax group Club for Growth.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 20- As the first U.S. oil condensate exports head to Asia from the Gulf Coast, crude producers and refiners are exploring ways to get around a century-old law that makes it three times more expensive to ship by water between U.S. ports than to sail to a foreign port.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 19- U.S. crude oil lost nearly $2 on Tuesday, falling for a second straight day as a rush of selling ahead of the session close brought the contract to its lowest price since January.

  • Aug 19- The U.S. Coast Guard closed a 15- mile stretch of the Ohio River on Tuesday after at least five thousand gallons of fuel oil spilled from a 60- year-old power plant owned by Duke Energy 20 miles east of Cincinnati, Ohio.

  • Pa. fines gas driller for losing control of well Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 1:36 PM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— State environmental regulators have fined a gas drilling company for allowing natural gas to escape a well in northeastern Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said Tuesday it fined Cabot Oil& Gas Corp. more than $76,000 for losing control of a well at its Huston pad in Brooklyn Township, Susquehanna County.

  • Aug 19- Five thousand gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River on Monday night from a 60- year-old coal-fired power plant owned by Duke Energy, the company said on Tuesday.

  • Dick's Sporting Goods 2Q profit drops 17 percent Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 8:23 AM ET

    CORAOPOLIS, Pa.— Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. said Tuesday that its net income fell 17 percent in its fiscal second quarter, but its result still beat analysts' expectations and its shares rose in premarket trading.

  • Aug 18- Skilled Healthcare Group Inc and privately held Genesis HealthCare said on Monday they have agreed to combine in an all-stock transaction that will create one of the largest U.S. operators of long-term care facilities.

  • Safety agency opens probe into fire truck recall Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 4:33 PM ET

    The probe covers trucks from the 2000 to 2012 model years made by Ohio- based Sutphen Corp.. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says two ladders fell after the trucks were recalled in May of last year. Six people were hurt in incidents in Belle Valley, Pennsylvania, and Hall County, Georgia.

  • *Kurdish forces make progress in Iraq against militants. NEW YORK, Aug 18- Brent crude oil shed nearly $2 a barrel to reach its lowest price in over a year on Monday as investor concerns over conflict in Ukraine and Iraq eased, and as higher Libyan oil output added to already ample supplies.

  • Aug 18- A German court has ordered a subsidiary of U.S. tobacco giant Lorillard Inc to stop selling the popular blu e-cigarettes in that country, citing trademark confusion with lighter and fuel products sold by Zippo Manufacturing Co..

  • Lawyer: Revel still seeks sale, losing $1M weekly Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 1:40 PM ET

    CAMDEN, N.J.— The troubled Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City still hopes to auction off its property but needs to close to stop big losses, a lawyer for it said. Attorney John Cunningham said in bankruptcy court Monday that the casino is losing more than $1 million every week, The Press of Atlantic City reported.

  • *Kurdish forces make progress in Iraq against militants. NEW YORK, Aug 18- Brent crude oil shed more than $2 a barrel to reach its lowest price in over a year on Monday as investor concerns over conflict in Ukraine and Iraq eased, and as higher Libyan oil output added to already ample supplies.

  • *Kurdish forces make progress in Iraq against militants. NEW YORK, Aug 18- Brent crude oil sunk by more than $2 a barrel to its lowest price in over a year on Monday as investor concerns over conflict in Ukraine and Iraq eased, and as higher Libyan oil output added to already ample supplies.

  • Environmentalist group says health registry needed Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 10:59 AM ET

    Tom Corbett's administration said Monday it has enhanced the state health department's handling of complaints involving natural-gas drilling, prompting environmentalists to renew their demand for more aggressive action. It is "important that Pennsylvania try to get ahead of this from a public health standpoint," Norbeck said.

  • Huge utility line upgrade faces opposition Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 10:40 AM ET

    The $4 billion to $6 billion PPL Corp. project is designed to take electricity generated near Pennsylvania's booming shale gas region and deliver it to New York, New Jersey, and Maryland. Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club, said his group "will definitely oppose" the section in that state.

  • CHICAGO, Aug 18- Dave Wiechert of Nashville, Illinois, does good business most years cleaning seed for farmers in preparation for planting season. Wheat currently sells at around $5 per bushel.

  • Revel wanted to close Atlantic City casino Monday Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 | 9:13 PM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— If the owners of Revel Casino Hotel had their way, the $2.4 billion resort would have been shut down on Monday. Revel Entertainment had asked New Jersey casino regulators for permission to close down on Aug. 18.

  • Premier FBI cybersquad in Pittsburgh to add agents Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 | 9:37 AM ET

    Because of the Pittsburgh squad's success, the FBI is rewarding the office with more manpower, allowing it to take on even more cyberthreats. Because of security concerns, the FBI won't say how many agents are in the Pittsburgh cyber office or specify how many agents will be added.

  • Governor hopefuls target tax talk at middle class Saturday, 16 Aug 2014 | 10:32 AM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— Pennsylvania's middle class is getting a lot of attention from the gubernatorial candidates, especially on the subject of taxes, but the TV campaign messages are typically vague and sometimes just plain wrong.